Great British Bake Off’s Sue Perkins to travel to the Mekong for new BBC show

After she’s inspected soggy bottoms and cake catastrophes, the presenter will appear in an Asia-set show

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Comedian Sue Perkins is about to embark on an epic journey, she will swap the pleasant creations and smells from Great British Bake Off land, for a trip to the Mekong as part of a new BBC2 travel show.

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Perkins will start her Asian adventure by hopping aboard a boat and travelling around 3,000 miles upstream through Vietnam and crossing into Cambodia, Laos, China and the mountainous area of Tibet. She’ll introduce us to the ‘Mother of Water’ and the significance this water source has to millions of people across the continent.

The magnificent Mekong is the world’s 12th-longest river and the 7th-longest in Asia. It acts as an important trade route and water source, and it provides irrigation for paddy fields in the area, yet water supplies are under threat, due to new hydro-electric dams.

A special preview of Perkins’ new four-part documentary series will take place in Edinburgh tomorrow, followed by a question and answer session with the presenter.

The series is expected to air in late summer/early autumn on BBC2.


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